Finding a place for health in the schooling process: A challenge for education

Ridge, Damien, Northfield, Jeff, St Leger, Lawrence, Marshall, Bernie, Sheehan, Margaret and Maher, Shelley 2002, Finding a place for health in the schooling process: A challenge for education, Australian journal of education, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 19-33.

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Title Finding a place for health in the schooling process: A challenge for education
Author(s) Ridge, Damien
Northfield, Jeff
St Leger, Lawrence
Marshall, Bernie
Sheehan, Margaret
Maher, Shelley
Journal name Australian journal of education
Volume number 46
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 33
Publisher Australian Council for Educational Research
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2002-06
ISSN 0004-9441
Summary It is common in schools for health and education goals to be seen as agendas that are in competition. However schools do attempt to find time in crowded curriculums to cover health issues as part of their responsibility towards advancing the health of their students. A qualitative approach was used in this study to explore perceived outcomes of a Health Promoting School intervention project. The project schools targeted for in-depth study were purposefully sampled to include diversity based on location, level, system and specific health activities. The results showed that the schools involved were moving beyond oppositional constructions of health and education towards approaching health as an element of effective schooling. It is concluded that in any effective health promotion activity in schools, the agenda needs to be driven primarily by an education sector that has demonstrated it can embrace holistic approaches to health, with the health sector acting as partner and facilitator.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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